Winterfest revs up for 10-day run starting Friday

Downtown Elkhart will have more than a week of Christmas activities beginning Friday, Dec. 6.
Posted on Dec. 4, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Dec. 4, 2013 at 6:25 p.m.

ELKHART — Friday will kick off more than a week of Christmas activities in downtown Elkhart.

The WinterFest fun begins 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at the Civic Plaza when Mrs. Claus sets out to find Santa. She’ll give hints about his whereabouts. Admission is an unwrapped Christmas toy or a $3 donation.

On Saturday, the wildly popular Breakfast with Santa will be held at the Central Fire Station from 8 a.m. to noon.

And from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, the Elkhart Public Library will host holiday craft activities in the children’s room.

The holiday spirit gears up another notch later Saturday when the WinterFest Parade begins in downtown Elkhart. Best viewing is from Jackson Boulevard to the Civic Plaza on South Main Street. The parade begins at 6 p.m. Afterward, spectators can watch the lighting of the city’s Christmas tree in Central Park, which is just east of the plaza.

Moments later, the second annual Ralph Hartnagel Memorial Skate kicks off the skate season at the NIBCO Water & Ice park, beginning at 7 p.m. Admission is free that night and skate rental will be $3.

On Sunday, the Community Christmas Party at High Dive Park runs from 2 to 6 p.m. Games and crafts are planned. The $2 admission goes to a local nonprofit organization.

Then begins a week of activities.

On Monday, Elkhart Public Library will host the movie “The Santa Clause” from 6 to 8 p.m.

On Tuesday, it’s Pay it Forward on the Plaza. Participants are encouraged to bring a variety of donations. Church Community Services is seeking food, Faith Mission is seeking personal care items and Toys for Tots is seeking — you guessed it — toys.

On Wednesday, ArtWalk returns for its winter celebration from 5 to 8 p.m. along South Main Street in the downtown business district. Plenty of artwork perfect for the holidays will be available, and entertainers will offer their own brand of music along the streets.

On Thursday, community Christmas caroling is planned around the downtown Christmas tree in Central Park. The event begins at 6 p.m. and caroling is scheduled from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sheet music will be available. Participants are asked to RSVP by sending an email to Debbiemicola@comcast.net.

On Friday, Dec. 13, Santa Visits the Ice Park from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at NIBCO Ice & Water Park. Donations of nonperishable food items for local pantries are requested.

Premier Arts is hosting “A Christmas Carol” at the Lerner Theatre Dec. 13-15, including a matinee for the Sunday show. Ticket information is available at premierarts.org/.

On Sunday, Dec. 15, Woodlawn Nature Center will host Christmas-oriented activities from 1 to 4 p.m. The center is located at 604 Woodlawn Ave.

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